A hole lot of bad luck
IT WAS a series of unfortunate events that led Neville Hawkins to be shovelling dirt into a hole beside a footpath in Pialba earlier this week.
The Golden Shores resident regularly rides his bike with a group to Urangan for exercise but deviated from his usual path due to a magpie on the attack in Beach Road.
“He comes in at ear level and has a hit,” he said.
“I've had my ear bleeding, another guy's had both ears bleeding and another bloke had his hearing aid pulled out of his ear and dropped in the median strip in the road and it took him half an hour to find it.”
Mr Hawkins said his cycling group had been avoiding the area so on Saturday last week he was riding home along Central Avenue and on to Bay Drive when he encountered pedestrians on the footpath.
“I swerved around them on to the grass and fell into the hole,” he said.
Mr Hawkins suffered a black eye, swollen lip, chest bruising and cuts to his hand and knees when he fell off his bike on to the concrete; he also cracked his watch.
He said he didn't see the hole because grass and weeds had grown up, concealing it.
Mr Hawkins was out of town on Sunday and Monday but cycled back to the site on Tuesday with a pick and a shovel to fill the hole.
“It's all very well jumping up and down waving things at the council.
“I may as well get the shovel out and fill it up myself,” he said.
Mr Hawkins phoned the council to tell them what had happened and they thanked him for filling the hole and asked if there was anything they could do for him.
He responded: “Get rid of the bloody bird,” and they said they would send someone with a bird trap.